Roughhouse boxing tonight at ANB Hall

Posted: Friday, December 07, 2001

Roughhouse Friday boxing hits Juneau once again beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

According to promoter Bob Haag of Big H Promotions, seven to eight bouts are expected with four fights already set.

In the main event, Sitka's Matthew "Goat" Coppick -- who holds a 4-2 record and was runner-up at last year's Southeast Showdown to Sitka's Victor "Lights Out" Littlefield -- will take on Juneau's Adam "Bomb" Furlong in a middleweight match.

Furlong, who has one win by knockout under his belt at the first Southeast Showdown in 1999, challenged Coppick at the Nov. 2 Roughhouse Friday event. Coppick accepted the challenge and the two fighters agreed to three, two-minute rounds instead of the usual one-minute rounds.

Two women's bouts are scheduled as sub-main events. Amanda Harding and Edna Abbott, both of Juneau, will have a rematch of their November fight where Harding won by a split decision.

The other women's bout will match Juneau's Angela Day, a tough roughhouse veteran, against newcomer Sherry Phillips.

The final fight already set is a heavyweight match between Ketchikan's Tom "Heavy Hands" Ferry against Juneau's Daniel "The Animal" Fink. Ferry made it to the championship round of last year's Southeast Showdown, losing to Russell "Dirt" Stevens. Fink, who was a middleweight when he fought to a draw in his most recent match against Sitka's Aaron Bean, will be outweighed by about 30 pounds to Ferry.

Roughhouse fan favorites, Jack and Gabriel Duckworth from Ketchikan, will also be in action. Their matches will be set up just prior to tonight's fights.

"Ticket sales are doing better than last month," Haag said. "But I haven't had the response I would like on the boxers."

Tickets are on sale for $20 general admission and $30 ringside at the ANB Hall pull-tab shop and Marlintini's Lounge. Doors open at 6 p.m.

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